I started work as a commercial trainee at Centrax, working on projects on Conc orde and large dump trucks.  I moved on to working for the Job Centre and was promoted to manage and run a sickness benefit section in the DHSS.  Future roles included National Insurance Inspection and Liable Relative Officer, and finally promoted to Team Leader in NHS Audit.  I have also been a member of the Board for Derriford Hospital (now University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust).